The number of people in the United States hospitalized for COVID-19 on Thursday topped 90,000, marking a record high for the 17th day in a row and a grim sign of what lies ahead as infections continue to soar.
Around 125,000 new coronavirus cases were reported across the country. However, the full picture of infections and deaths was incomplete with 20 states or U.S. territories not reporting data on Thanksgiving Day, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
Public health experts are bracing for a spike in cases following Thanksgiving, which saw many people travel and gather with their families despite pleas from local officials to stay home. In New York City, a flood of people scrambled to get tested prior to the holiday, resulting in hours-long waiting times.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has surpassed 90,000 for the first time.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 27, 2020